The Australian Government has this week announced a further $300,000 for the completion of the Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA business redevelopment project in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia.
Speaking after a meeting with the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council on Tuesday, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said Mai Wiru had developed a reliable and professional store service for five communities in the APY Lands.
“The availability of healthy and affordable food and groceries has now been secured, along with ongoing training and employment opportunities for Aṉangu,” Minister Scullion said.
Since its incorporation in 2010, Mai Wiru’s role has developed from advocacy in healthy food policy and business support to holistic business management.
Foodbank SA is a not-for-profit social enterprise which is an umbrella organisation for more than 750 other charitable organisations including welfare groups, soup kitchens, homeless hostels and school breakfast programmes.
Foodbank SA sources and distributes healthy food in bulk quantities through extensive, efficient warehousing and freight systems.
“The Mai Wiru/Foodbank SA partnership, once fully implemented, will result in cost savings that will enable Mai Wiru to be financially independent of government funding,” Minister Scullion said.
“Foodbank SA will also support Mai Wiru in developing its employee training programmes, increasing the employment of Anangu in warehousing, retailing and catering.
“We look forward to working with the South Australian Government to support Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA to achieve the full benefits of this project.
“I also want to thank Mai Wiru and all five of its stores for their support of the ‘No school; No shop’ policy that is further encouraging school children to be at school every day.”
The Australian Government has provided Mai Wiru with $3.75 million in operational funding and $400,000 in business development and infrastructure funding since 2001 as part of a joint initiative with the South Australian Government.
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